The 2017-2018 TV season still has several more weeks to go, but with the This Is Us finale this week, it's time to start looking at the shows that will be back in the fall. ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and The CW have already picked up a slew of shows for next season.
Some of our favorites will definitely be back. NBC renewed This Is Us for seasons two and three in the middle of season one last year. ABC has quickly greenlit a new season of freshman hit The Good Doctor.
Read on for a look at the shows that will be back when the leaves start to change colors. This list will be updated as more shows are renewed.
ABC's crown jewel among its scripted shows is now The Good Doctor. The freshman medical drama was quickly embraced by viewers who have connected with the autistic Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) and his fellow doctors at St. Bonaventure Hospital in San Jose. The first season wraps up at the end of March, with 18 episodes under its belt. It seemed it would only be a matter of time before the alphabet network would renew the show early. ABC finally picked it up for the 2018-2019 TV season on March 7.
“The Good Doctor's message of inclusiveness resonates with our viewers and is a hallmark of what we aim to accomplish here at ABC,” Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, told Variety. “This series has quickly joined the zeitgeist and broken records in the competitive television landscape. We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Shaun Murphy will be back for another season.”
Last year, ABC renewed Modern Family for seasons nine and 10 before the current season began. The move was made after the actors finally reached new deals with producer 20th Century Fox.
The Goldbergs also got a two-year renewal last year, guaranteeing that season six will happen.
Other shows expected to return in the next season include Dancing With The Stars, Fresh Off The Boat, Black-ish, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and The Gong Show, notes TVLine.
CBS and Warner Bros. TV renewed The Big Bang Theory for two seasons last year, guaranteeing that the most-watched sitcom on television today will stay on air through season 12. The current season 11 is expected to end with Sheldon and Amy getting married. It's not clear if season 12 will be its last though.
In January, Johnny Galecki said it was possible the end could be coming.
"The only manner in which the cast has discussed wrapping [the show] has been that we're all going to be very sad when that day comes," Galecki said. "But I think at this point everyone's very comfortable with 12 seasons being a good time to go home and see our families."
Although not officially renewed, you can bet CBS' beloved crime dramas are coming back. All three NCIS shows — the mothership, NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans — still attract viewers and are cash cows in syndication. Criminal Minds is also likely to return. On the comedy side, Man With A Plan and Mom are expected to return.
Fox's big hit of the season has been 9-1-1, the Ryan Murphy-produced series starring Connie Britton, Angela Bassett and Peter Krause. The series centers on first responders in Los Angeles who have to save the lives of others and sometimes their own.
“With a bold concept, award-winning stars and a flawless execution, Ryan, Brad [Falchuk] and Tim [Minear] have done it again,” Dana Walden and Gary Newman, co-CEOs of the Fox Television Group, said in a joint statement about the early renewal. “They have tapped into the cultural zeitgeist and reimagined the procedural as only they could, bringing it to life with a dream team of actors led by Angela, Peter and Connie. This is storytelling at its best and we’re so pleased that it’s resonated with our audience. We’d like to thank everyone involved with this production for their stellar work, and we look forward to another thrilling season of 9-1-1.”
Fox already renewed The Simpsons for another season. The network also picked up The Gifted, a series set in the X-Men universe, for a second season. Gotham has not been renewed yet, but Fox chairman Gary Newman is confident that the show will return for a fifth season.
Of course, NBC has This Is Us coming back next season. Last year, in the middle of its freshman year, NBC renewed it for two more seasons. That gave creator Dan Fogelman and his writers the freedom to create mysteries and plots that do not have to be wrapped up immediately. The show finally revealed how Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) died, so it will be fascinating to see how a whole season goes without that mystery.
Although they have not been officially renewed, you can expect Dick Wolf's Chicago shows — Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med — all to come back.
NBC has officially renewed the sitcoms Superstore and The Good Place. The immensely successful Will & Grace revival will also be back next season.
The CW has yet to renew shows for the 2018-2019 TV season. However, the Arrowverse shows — DC's Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Arrow and Supergirl — are likely to return. Riverdale, Supernatural and Jane The Virgin are also anchors on The CW schedule that will likely be back.